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Book Title: The Kings Depart: The Tragedy of Germany: Versailles and the German Revolution|
The author of the book: Richard M. Watt
ISBN 13: 9780760720721
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The size of the: 9.28 MB
Edition: Dorset Press
Date of issue: July 20th 2001
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The Kings Depart is the definitive story of a brief, pivotal moment in human history when the course and shape of the twentieth century might have been altered. Author Richard M. Watt begins with the defeat of the Kaiser in 1918 and the convention of the Versailles conference, where Europe was to be remade. This was the time when the victorious Allies might have imposed democracy on Europe by means of a peace with justice.
Watt's gripping narrative quickly becomes tragedy as diplomacy and politics fail at every turn. He tells of victorious Allies too greedy and short-sighted to impose equitable peace on a defeated Germany, of Woodrow Wilson's tortured betrayal of his own idealism, and of a German people caught up in the realities of revolution, anarchy, and violence--waiting for the inevitable rise of a leader to exact vengeance on Europe--a Fuhrer. What began with the church bells of victory and hopes ends a year later in the first appearance of Adolf Hitler as a political power.
Read information about the authorJanuary, 2015 Obituary
Richard Martin Watt, 84, of West Caldwell, NJ and Palm City, FL passed away on January 26th at Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge, NJ. He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Johnstone Watt, and five children; Kimberly Watt Bealle, Linda Watt Doyle, David Watt, Jay Clure and Brittain Clure and their spouses, twelve grandchildren and his sister, Sarah Watt Webster of Edison, NJ.
Born in LaGrange, IL, in 1930, Dick, as he was known by his friends, lived in Glen Ridge, NJ during his childhood and many years of his adulthood before moving his family to Mendham, NJ. He graduated from Glen Ridge High School and Dartmouth College in 1952, and was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy. He was later promoted to lieutenant junior grade. Following the Navy, and for the remainder of his 50 year career, Dick worked for Crossfield Products Corporation, a manufacturer of materials for the construction industry headquartered in Roselle Park, retiring as President and then serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Dick authored several books on the subject of European history; Dare Call It Treason, about the French army mutinies in World War I, The Kings Depart, about Germany between the wars, and Bitter Glory: Poland and It’s Fate, the history of a free Poland from 1918 to 1939, for which he was awarded the prestigious Waclaw Jedrzejewicz History Medal in 1996 by the Josef Pilsudski Institute of America. His books were published in eight different languages and were reviewed favorably by The New York Times, Time magazine and others. He also wrote over 100 book reviews for The Times, The London Review of Books, The Christian Science Monitor and others.
Before retiring to Florida, Dick was an active member of Christ Church in Glen Ridge and St. John on the Mountain in Bernardsville, where he served on both Vestries for many years. His interest in the disabled led to his involvement in the “Dartmouth College Class of 1952 & Friends of Alan Reich,” which supports the National Organization on Disabilities which was founded by Alan Reich, a fellow classmate at Dartmouth College.
A service in his memory will be held on Saturday, February 7th at 11:00 at St. John on the Mountain Episcopal church in Bernardsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Organization on Disability, fbo the Alan Reich Legacy Fund, 77 Water Street, Suite 204, New York, NY 10005 or the Pilsudski Institute of America, 180 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003.
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